Although many students who plan to attend a professional school in the medical field (e.g., medical school, dental school) major in one of the natural sciences, you may choose any major offered by the College. Regardless of which major is chosen, we encourage students to explore courses and activities outside their major.
The courses required for professional school admission vary depending on the type of medical program (e.g., veterinary medicine vs. allopathic medicine) and, to some extent, from school to school. To become aware of expectations, requirements, procedures, and deadlines, premedical students should read the advising information and website links found in the college catalog and the Pre-health Professions Canvas site. Students should also attend all premed meetings, including the meeting held during first-year student orientation. Also, premedical students are strongly encouraged to frequently seek out individual advice from Premedical Committee members. The required courses (admission prerequisites) most commonly include the following:
Required Courses for Admission to Medical School, Dental School, and Veterinary School typically include:
- Two semesters of English (ENG 101 plus one additional English course)
- Two semesters of General Biology (BIO 111, 112)
- Two semesters of General Chemistry (CHE 111, 112)*
- Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHE 201, 202)
- One Semester of Biochemistry (BIO 409/CHE 309)
- Two semesters of Math [Differential Calculus (MAT 201) is strongly recommended and required for some majors; Integral Calculus (MAT 202) should be considered and is required for some majors; Statistics (MAT 109) is recommended]
- Two semesters of Physics [College Physics (PHY 101, 102) or General Physics (PHY 111, 112)]
- Social Science courses (see additional information below)
- Humanities Courses
* Students who have not taken General Chemistry as of fall 2018 will begin their 4-course series with the new four-semester chemistry sequence (CHE 120, 140, 220, 240) which is the equivalent of (CHE 111, 112, 201, 202).
who have not taken General Chemistry 111 and 112 as of the 2018/2019 academic year
Given the variation in required courses from program to program, and the fact that some schools have additional requirements, students should consult the appropriate websites for each area of medicine (AAMC.org, AACOM.org, AACPM.org, AAVMC.org, ADEA.org, OPTED.org) and for individual schools. (Links to these sites are found in the Pre-health Professions Canvas Site). They should also consult books that list professional school requirements: Medical School Admission Requirements for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools (MSAR); Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB); Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR); and ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools). Most of these books are available online.
Students may fulfill the physics requirement for health professions schools by taking either the algebra-based physics course [College Physics I and II (PHY 101, 102)] or the calculus-based physics course [General Physics I and II (PHY 111, 112)]. Those students planning a major in Physics or planning to major in Chemistry and receive an ACS-certified degree need to take the calculus-based physics sequence (PHY 111, 112).